Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Print Material
Author Kidd, Thomas S., author.

Title Benjamin Franklin : the religious life of a founding father / Thomas S. Kidd.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.3 F854Bki 2017    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description 278 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Child of the Puritans -- Exodus to Philadelphia, sojourn in London -- Philadelphia printer -- Poor Richard -- Ben Franklin's closest Evangelical friend -- Electrical man -- Tribune of the people -- Diplomat -- The pillar of fire.
Summary "Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the "thorough" deist who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin's beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life--including George Whitefield, the era's greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane--kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin's voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin's life."--Publisher's description.
Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Religion.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. (OCoLC)fst00034115
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Statesmen. -- United States -- Biography.
Religion. (OCoLC)fst01093763
Statesmen. (OCoLC)fst01131990
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 0300217498 (hardcover)
9780300217490 (hardcover)
Standard No. CHBIS 011095461
CHVBK 504514237
ZWZ 224475703

Available items only